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Course: Mains
Keyword: 40 Cloves and a Chicken, Chicken, Comfort Food, Entertaining, Meats, Weeknight Dinner

40 Cloves and a Chicken

Alton Brown 40 Clove Chicken
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Low and slow cooking transforms this garlic-filled chicken dish into a golden brown, juicy braise.
Despite the fact that this recipe is classic European peasant fare, modern cooks tend to avoid it because unless you have a chronic vampire problem, 40 cloves seems…excessive.
Ah! But when cooked into the chicken, the garlic becomes smooth and sweet and produces an aroma that wraps the kitchen like a hug. Make sure you have bread on hand to spread the soft garlic cloves onto and don’t forget to sop up that oil. Yes, all of it.
This recipe first appeared in Season 4 of Good Eats.
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  • 1 (3- to 4 pound) broiler/fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, not extra-virgin
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 40 cloves garlic, peeled

Specialized Hardware

  • 11-inch straight-sided, oven-safe saute pan
Alton Brown 40 Clove Chicken
ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 55 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Procedure

  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken pieces on all sides with 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  • In an 11-inch straight-sided, oven-safe saute pan set over high heat, cook the chicken until nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining 1/2 cup oil, the thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and set aside for 15 minutes with the lid on. Serve family-style with plenty of toasted bread to spread the softened, fragrant garlic on.
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